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Old 07-28-2017, 11:25 PM   #321
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i would think that if you did this and something happened you are talking about voiding your warranty
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Old 07-28-2017, 11:27 PM   #322
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Booster-you twisted that around on me unfairly. Of course it's important to charge with no plug in to go to.So if Richard voids his warranty to extend a boonie trip is it worth it in the long run. You have been commenting on Roadtrek for as long as i can remember. You know they would look for ways to void his warranty if he did this and something went wrong.
No twisting at all, that is why I stated that SAFE way to do it would be to have a Roadtrek dealer do it, or Nations. They would certainly contact the corporate fortress to get it approved, and it would be very hard for them to say no, if Nations and Balmar were OK with it.

Besides that, as Avanti often points out they can't void a warranty for stuff like this as it isn't legal to do.

I would think that it would even be smart for Roadtrek to provide one in the tool bag or as an option, as they are cheap and could save some big time service costs for them for folks on the road. Plug in and you know if the original Balmar is bad, and you get to keep charging--win-win to me. Nearly any corner auto shop could do that easily.
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Old 07-28-2017, 11:51 PM   #323
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The regulator they pulled from your coach is a Balmar ARS-5?
I have no idea, but it looks similar to that. Just wondering if the LCD display looks like that with bright red colors on others.
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Old 07-29-2017, 01:11 AM   #324
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Dealership called and said they won't bring in a tech tomorrow, so hotel until Monday. This trip to pick up the rig is starting to rack up significantly between hotel, airfare and uber costs.


Wasn't that kind of expected WingedRyno?

From all that I've experienced on B forums, that is kind of par for course with an etrek if you travel to go pick one up.

Wishing you be the best come Monday.

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but the old timers on the forum have seen it all before.
None of these hiccups are surprises to us.
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It might sound like an ordeal,
but the old timers on the forum have seen it all before.
None of these hiccups are surprises to us.
+ 2 Unfortunately, it has been an often repeated pattern with the newer Roadtrek technology.

The good is that he is still at the dealer and not accepted delivery, so he has a lot more leverage, I think. Hopefully, they will get it all worked out quickly.
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Old 07-29-2017, 01:42 AM   #326
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Is the solar controller hard wired to the batteries independently of the main disconnect switch?
Are you referring to the battery disconnect that is controlled by a switch on the wall? It doesn't effect charging from any of the charge sources.

The solar controller is wired directly in parallel to the charge terminals on all the ecotrek modules. An ecotrek module does need to be online to close the internal relays that connect the charge and load terminals to the battery cells. An ecotrek that is offline cannot get charged from any of the chargers.
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Are you referring to the battery disconnect that is controlled by a switch on the wall? It doesn't effect charging from any of the charge sources.
You're saying that with the lithiums turned on you can shut off the main disconnect switch on the control panel and still charge the lithiums via the alternator shoreside charger or solar controllerr?
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A new metric: [number of posts] / [new RV delivery debugging]. 128 posts and still going to get it to work as it supposed to seems high. I am sure that it will work at the end point. Your patience is commendable, wishing you fast recovery after this event and full enjoyment camping.
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Are you referring to the battery disconnect that is controlled by a switch on the wall? It doesn't effect charging from any of the charge sources.

The solar controller is wired directly in parallel to the charge terminals on all the ecotrek modules. An ecotrek module does need to be online to close the internal relays that connect the charge and load terminals to the battery cells. An ecotrek that is offline cannot get charged from any of the chargers.
The other night with all 8 modules offline and shore power connected over night, one of the modules came online. Not sure if that is because it was getting a charge somehow or because the ambient temperature dropped overnight and the BMS thought it was then okay to bring the one module back online. I'm guessing the latter.

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A new metric: [number of posts] / [new RV delivery debugging]. 128 posts and still going to get it to work as it supposed to seems high.
The vast majority of posts here were before I got the RT to mess with, when I was just doing research about them. I'm pretty happy with the unit so far although it's annoying the Balmar doesn't work and thus I can't test out the GU. But the ecotreks do a great job of powering everything from what I can tell.

I still haven't tested the Alde floor heating, but it heats water nicely.
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I would have hired Dan Neeley to do the pre-acceptance for me.
You could have cut your hotel bills in half and have a private tutor for free.

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